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Friday 5.14..2010


Vol. VIII Issue 8 - Prince George High School - 7801 Laurel Spring Rd - Prince George, VA 23875 - 804-733-2720

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National Prayer Day recognized despite some secular objections p. 8 & 9 Junior Mariah Thacker exercises her religion through prayer. Photo by Colby Eliades.

Seniors turn firefighting into career p. 11 Graduating art students leave their footprint p. 25 Allergy season becomes one of the worst p. 6 Special senior pullout section includes the Last Will & Testament p. 15-22

This Spring pollen increased tremendously within a few weeks. Many students believe this season has been one of the worst for irritating their allergies, even causing them to resort to medical attention.

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Op/ED County creates a roundabout solution


he construction that has been taking place by the Prince George pharmacy has been pretty obvious for quite some time. It was decided to put a traffic circle there to eliminate T-bone accidents and to make traffic more efficient. The project cost the county about $1,512,000 dollars. According to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, roundabouts reduce injury crashes by 75 percent at intersections where stop signs or traffic lights were held previously. Not only are they shown to reduce injury crashes by more than half but also fatal collisions by 90 percent, pedestrian collisions by 40 percent and overall accidents by 37 percent. However, there are always two sides to every issue. Traffic circles make it more difficult for bigger vehicles to get through such as ambulances, buses and fire trucks. This could be a potential problem considering how close the high school and the junior high are and the fire department is also just minutes away. Since there are not an abundant amount of traffic circles in the local area, many people do not know how to properly go through them. Although there are arrows painted on the road and yield signs where necessary, it is a recent change in the road and is unexpected if you are not aware that it is there. With an increase in the speed limit from 35 to 45, drivers often prepare themselves for a steady pace of speed. Now because the road has been altered so much the actual sign for the roundabout is far off to the side of the road and it is not very visible. Therefore it is unexpected when you see people beginning to brake and slow down. People have also tried to continue to go into the old right hand lane because it is currently not blocked off until the end. Within time people will be more aware of its’ existence and these problems will decrease. There are numerous benefits as well. Traffic circles require slower speeds to travel through, thus cutting down the damage that could take place during an accident. Although the production of the traffic circle was expensive, not having to use electricity for the traffic light will eventually add up and save money. According to, having no maintenance and electricity costs, an average of $5,000 dollars could be saved per year. In the long run, Prince George will have saved rather than spent, and improved the safety of the community.



ur mission as the school newspaper for Prince George High School is to provide a form of media that represents all aspects of student life. The goal is to present factual accounts of newsworthy events in a timely manner. Our publication will be informative, entertaining and reflective of the student body’s opinions. It is the desire of the staff to reach every student and tell as many of their stories as possible. We invite your commentary: The Royal News Opinion page is a forum for public discussion and shall be open to all students. The Royal News will print as many letters as space will allow. The Royal News reserves the right not to print a letter. The Royal News publishes a wide variety of opinions. Send letters to: Letters to the Editor, The Royal News, PGHS, 7801 Laurel Spring Road, Prince George, Virginia 23875, or bring them to room A6, or e-mail them to We reserve the right to edit for clarity, brevity, accuracy, legality, spelling and grammar. Please include your name, address and phone number. Anonymous letters will not be considered for publication. 500 word maximum. Thank you to all who submitted letters this year. Section Editors Jami Davis-News; Mia Norman-Op/Ed; Delbria Walton-Features; Katie AdamsAmpersand; Kelsie McDaniels-A&E; Amir Vera-Sports; Devyn Pachmayr-Double Truck; Colby Eliades-Photo; Janai Cunningham-Ads Manager; Jessica Lee-Circulation; Sarah Moats-Editorial Cartoonist; Laura Young-Web Editor/Copy Editor; Sarah HabermehlWeb Editor/Facebook Editor

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Writers Alisha Holmes-Laura Young-Sarah Habermehl-Christy Hardin-Jessica Stainback-Autrey Jackson-Tasa Hattori-Gabrielle Wittington-Brittany Thacker-Alison Brown-Kimberly CarnealJake McQuiggan-Jessica Marshall-Rachel Waymack-Olivia Tritschler-Mariah Blystone-Malikah Williams- Wayne Epps, Jr.- Rachel Youmans - Emanuel Guadalupe

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Making The Grade


The football team

has been helping out the teachers by carrying their bags into the school for them, and provided them with Bojangles breakfast. Their community service is greatly appreciated by the staff.

AP exams

are over. This means that all the stress of some of the most challenging classes a student can take has come to some small relief. Now all that is left is anxiously awaiting the results, and enduring the remainder of the class. However...

End of year exams

are in the future. Between these and SOL’s, the last month of school may prove to be the most stressful, but by passing these, students ensure their ability to move forward next year.

Air conditioning

or the lack of, can be an annoyance for students who need a sweater in one class, and a sweatband in the next.


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Pro/Con: Is flavored milk really a healthy choice?

Flavored milk is sold with school lunches as well as juices. Water and other options like green tea and Gatorade are at an additional cost. Soda is not an option in the cafeteria because it is considered an unhealthy choice due to the excessive amount of sugars but is flavored milk a better alternative?


rinking flavored milk is a choice to be made when choosing what you want to drink. Flavored milk is a better choice for you than fruit juices, sports drinks, and sodas. So if flavored milk tastes good and is better for you at the same time, why not drink it? Flavored milk is a healthy choice because as long as you are drinking milk it should not matter what flavor it is. The amount of calcium intake is the same for both flavored and unflavored milk. According to a study at the University of Vermont, kids who drink flavored milk get more calcium daily than those who do not. Studies have shown that children drink milk more often when it is flavored. It has also been shown that flavored milk drinkers consume larger quantities of milk than those who drink unflavored milk. Both unflavored and flavored milks have all of the 9 essential nutrients needed by everyone. According to another study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, people that consume flavored milk are a lot healthier than those who don’t drink milk at all. They get all of the calcium they need without taking in excess fat and calories that other drink types contain. They also do not have higher Body Mass Index’s (BMI) than those who drink unflavored milk. Flavored milk drinkers also consume fewer sodas than unflavored milk drinkers, which in turn keep them healthier.


Gabrielle Whittington

Jake mcquiggan

Equal benefits “The amount of calcium intake is the same for both flavored and unflavored milk.”

lack of knowledge “These parents are not

educated on the effects that their decisions have on their kids..”


ilk is one of the healthiest things someone can drink besides water. But when artificial flavoring and other substances are being added, its’ nutritional value is decreased. Even though flavored milk is a more nutritional choice than soda, it still has over 3 tablespoons of sugar in an 8 oz. cup. This does help for flavor and gets more kids to drink it for its’ taste, but now kids replace the thought of regular milk with flavored milk and will most likely choose chocolate and strawberry over regular milk. Strawberry milk has artificial coloring like Red 40, which has been associated with hyperactivity in children and has been discontinued in the UK. Schools need to keep a variety of choices of milk flavors. Kids are drinking this every day and all the sugar can add up. Chocolate milk has 60 more calories than a regular glass of milk. These extra calories can add up if they are not being worked off. Parents always say that kids need to drink their milk to help build healthy bones and those parents are normally mixing chocolate powder in the milk because the kids say it tastes better. These parents are not educated on the effects that their decisions have on their kids. Parents need to stop doing what their kids want and start doing what is the healthier choice. This will help lead them into being healthy and strong adults. If America can take a stand starting with milk, maybe we can create a better and healthier tomorrow.

Conclusion of high school brings new opportunities for future


hough graduation is around the corner, I cannot focus on the ending of high school, but rather a new beginning of a bright future for seniors. Many are going to college, joining the military, or even heading into the work force. The decisions we made throughout high Jessica Stainback school are now going to affect us more than ever. When I look back on junior year, the only thing that comes to mind is the endless breakdowns from all the pres-

sure and stress. Junior year is the toughest year endured. Memories of sitting in class, trying to understand teachers as they spoke a language comparable to Greek flood my mind. The classes were horrid and the stress of choosing a future would build everyday. It is now up to those “ready to rumble” juniors, class of 2011, to propel this school forward into next year and set an example to the underclassmen. Moving on up, the current sophomores are going to face a hard-hitting year. Classes will get harder and teachers might not make it so easy. Just stay focused and try to stay awake. You will make it through.

Wide-eyed and ready to walk through those intimidating commons doors are the current freshmen. From the top of the Jr. High chain to the bottom again, freshmen must adapt to new rules and a new bell schedule. All of these changes will soon sink in, and they will learn as classes did before. Then, there are the teachers. They must say good-bye to those students they spent their whole year with. They must welcome new minds and new students, but don’t forget the new problems that come with it all. My final farewell are to those teachers that taught me science (the worst), math (my favorite), history and govern-

ment, English, and the good bits and pieces in-between. I definitely wouldn’t be graduating had you not pushed me to the brink of collapse or believed in me enough to make me want to reach my dreams. It is because of you I have made it this far. The ending of a school year is not truly an ending, but a beginning for all. It is the going out into the world to become something of which to be proud of. It is the new year of instructing, disciplining, and pushing students as much as possible in order for them to thrive. With an end comes a launch of something new, new chances to grow and succeed.

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Summer school registration forms are available in the guidance office.

School board office discusses prospect of shorter school year, longer day Christy Hardin trn writer


urrently, public schools usually operate 180 days or 1,080 hours during a tenmonth period. The school board office along with Virginia’s legislators are considering shortening the school year, making the school year extend from the day after labor day until memorial day. However, this would mean lengthening each school day. The school board office has decided to start forming a committee to discuss the possibility of shortening the school year from 180 days to 163-167 days, which would meet the states requirement of 990 hours. Weighing the pros and cons allows for the possible implementation of this change as early as the 2011-2012 school year. This would ensure that students get equal amount of instructional time, but would allow for snow days without having to make up days during the summer. This would also reduce operating costs, such as electric and transportation expenses. There are many things to consider when discussing this possibility. Along with looking at other successful schools, they

will discuss this possibility with anyone and everyone that could be affected by this change. “We are taking into consideration how this will affect everyone. We are looking at how this will affect transportation, day care, lunches, teachers, coaches, and students,” Superintendent Bobby Browder said. “We have not yet formed the committee, but when we do it will consist of a representative of each type of person that will be affected. This would include transportation, elementary and secondary school instructors, parents, students, food service staff, custodial staff and coaches.” Other schools have implemented this change for varied reasons. Such schools include Lancaster High School, which is doing so to conserve resources. Their primary goals are to lower electric bills and reduce transportation expenses. Other reasons for making the change are to reduce absenteeism and lengthen instructional time in order to enhance education. “The primary idea behind this is to save money by having the school year shortened by two to two and a half weeks,” said John Pelter, PGHS Communication Team Representative. “Not using buses, some staff, and resources to run the school

could save money.” When asked how this would affect them, several students stated they would not have enough time to balance school, extracurricular activities, and their home life. “I’m always out of time. With going to school, participating in after school activities, other ensembles outside of school such as The Richmond Symphony, and balancing homework, I never have enough time during the day,” junior Hope Song said. “So lengthening the school day would not benefit me.” On the academic side of things some would agree that spending more time at school would benefit them in their studies and enhance their education. “It would give us more time to do homework in class, and if we were to need help we would have more time to ask the teachers for assistance,” junior Shay Vandevander said. “However, we would lose more of the day to do other things that we students do, such as after school activities.” The school board is required to consider every aspect of this plan before making a final decision. They have to decide if this is the best possible solution to the problem.

All scholarship awards should be reported to the guidance office by May 25 at 3:00 PM so they can be included in the Convocation ceremony. A volleyball camp will be held in the main gym on May 16th and 17th from 6 - 8 PM. Registration is available in the main office or from Coach Gilbert. The Library Media Center requests that students turn in all books and pay all fines approaching the end of the school year.

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Allergy facts


Increase in allergens hassles sufferers

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies or an allergyrelated disease. Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic disease in the United States, costing the health care system $18 billion annually. Peanut or tree nut allergies affect 1 - 2 % of Americans, but cause the most severe Rachel Waymack food-induced allergic trn writer reactions. Mold allergies are prevalent during the winter. Molds remain outside longer than pollen, and can stay indoors year-round. About 1 - 6% of the general population is allergic to latex. It is estimated that more than 150 people die a year from a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to food. Information from http://adam.about. com/care/allergy/allergy_fastfacts.html

A bee pollinates a flower. Insect stings and pollen are two common causes of allergic reactions. Photo by Jami Davis

Rachel Waymack trn writer


ed, itchy eyes, and running noses indicate that allergy season is in full swing. This allergy season is worse than those in past years due to the huge amount of pollen in the air. According to an associatedcontent. com article, the increase in the pollen count this year is due to the longer and colder winter that has just ended. Trees and other plants bloomed later than normal and they all released pollen at the same time, causing there to be much more of the irritant in the air. The harshness of this spring can be felt in the student body. “My allergies have definitely been worse [this year] with all of Johnny Oliver the pollen out,” senior Johnny Oliver said. Along with his severe seasonal allergies, Oliver is also allergic to many common items like chalk and peppermint. Even during years with normal amounts of pollen, Oliver suffers from his allergy symptoms. “My eyes water every day and when

I would take out my contacts they would rip,” Oliver said. To combat these symptoms Oliver, like many allergy sufferers, takes medication. Along with his usual allergy medicine, Oliver has stepped up his defenses due to the severity of this year’s allergy season. “I have not worn contacts as much because every time I would wear them they would rip,” Oliver said. “My doctor had to give me a different kind of Angela Gerard contacts.” Junior Angela Gerard also understands allergy pains. She, like Oliver, takes medication to deal with her running nose, itchy eyes, and constant sneezing. She also has noticed the harshness of this allergy season. “This year has been the worst [for allergies] that I can remember,” Gerard said. Allergies are not limited to the students, faculty like English teacher Alison Heath also has to bear them. “They are pretty severe, because of them and the blockages [caused by allergies] I had constant sinus infections,” Heath said. Heath lucked out and was out of state for a major part of the allergy season this year.

“I was in New York for spring break so I missed the worst of the pollen,” Heath said. Despite missing a lot of this season’s pollen, Heath’s allergy symptoms still impacted her teaching. “When my allergies flared up I would become really tired and hoarse,” Heath said. “I had been getting allergy shots for two years. When I went in for testing in January, the things I had been allergic to before had gotten worse and I was allergic to new things,” Heath said. In an attempt to finally get relief from Alison Heath her relentless allergies and sinus infections, Heath did something much more drastic than changing her contacts or taking medication. She got three different surgeries: turbinate cauterization, Endoscopic sinus surgery, and exploratory surgery. Students also understand how much allergies can affect one’s life. Oliver has seen how much the increased amount of pollen this year has affected his symptoms. “I [normally] wake up in the morning feeling really nasally,” Oliver said. “But this spring it’s been a lot worse.”


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Court rules national day of prayer unconstitutio

The FCA put up posters to help make students more aware of the National Day of Prayer gathering they hosted on May 6. Photo by Colby Eliades


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Students continue tradition of prayer despite actions of court ruling Mariah Blystone trn writer


group of atheists and agnostics in Wisconsin, that make up the Freedom from Religion Foundation, filed a lawsuit against the National Day of Prayer claiming it violated the separation of church and state. The controversy started on April 15, 2010. A United States District Judge in Wisconsin declared the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional as the result of the lawsuit. As quoted in a article on April 16, Judge Barbra Crabb said, “It goes beyond mere ‘acknowledgment’ of religion because its’ sole purpose is to encourage all citizens to engage in prayer, an inherently religious exercise that serves no secular function in this content.” Millions of Americans take part in prayer on a daily basis. It is a common activity that has made its’ way into American law. Congress named the National Day of Prayer as a holiday in 1952. Then in 1988, it was changed and signed by President Reagan. The First National Day of Prayer is observed the first Thursday of every May. “I think the National Day of Prayer is an opportunity for Americans of all faiths to unite in prayer for our nation. The vision of the founders is biblically based and it is meant to nurture and preserve America’s Christian heritage, however, all Americans are encouraged to participate,” FCA sponsor Anne Cromer said. Cromer also supports this holiday as

Juniors Rebecca Bridgers, Alyssa Gambill, Mariah Thacker, and Samantha Stokes and senior Victoria Edwards gather together to celebrate the National Day of prayer on May 6th in front of the school building. Photos by Sarah Habermehl.

an important display of our rights as well as our religion. “This is a very special day. It reinforces our constitutional rights of assembly, religion, and free speech. It also unifies Christian believers as we join together in prayer for our country,” Cromer said. Some in Congress agree with the court ruling saying this holiday is unconstitutional. As quoted in a cbs. com April 16 article, House Judiciary Committee ranking republican Lamar Smith said, “The decision undermines the values of religious freedom that America was founded upon.” Even though the unconstitutional ruling was made, Obama still plans on identifying the holiday. The National Day of Prayer affects students as well as adults. Students are provided with the opportunity to take part in a moment of silence that can be used to pray. Also schools around the nation take part in optional ceremonies and services dedicated to the National Day of Prayer. Some do not think that religion needs to be any more present than it already is. “School is a place for learning and people who worship have a church to do so outside of school,” senior Camden Beu said. The FCA met before school in front of the building on Thursday, May 6th at 7:15 in celebration of the National Day of Prayer. Having religious ceremonies like this in school can cause controversy. The separation of church and state is put into question. “I believe the separation of church and state was intended to ensure the religious freedoms of our founding fathers. However, many times Christian opponents use the concept to keep citizens from professing their Christian beliefs. I feel the government works so hard at being politically correct that many of our freedoms and rights as Christians are infringed upon,” Cromer said. Students also have views on this separation. “The government separated church and state so that Americans can have religious freedom granted by the first amendment,” Beu said. Along with the first amendment right, students understand the National Day of Prayer. “I would accept [the National Day of Prayer]. I think the majority of people would celebrate it in their own way,” Beu said.

National Day of


1775: The first

day of prayer was created when the Continental Congress “designated a time for prayer in forming a new nation.”

1952: A bill

proclaiming an annual National Day of Prayer (NDP) was unanimously passed by both houses of Congress. President Truman signed it into law. It required the President to select a day for national prayer each year.

2001: The 50th

National Day of Prayer was held on May 3rd. Information gathered from http://www.

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The Retired Enlisted Association Cadet Hyden, A.

American Veterans post 804 Cadet Collins, J.

Purple Heart Leadership Award Cadet Ethington, J.

Sons of the American Revolution:

Cadet of the Year (Scholastic Excellence) Cadet Skinner, W.

Cadet Morris, D. Military Officers Association of America: Cadet Yocum, R.

Cadet of the Year (Overall) Cadet Dumas, T.

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Students fight fires in East Kentucky

Seniors Waverly Clements, Cain Allin and Austin Adams pose on the 210 fire truck at the Disputanta fire house. Photo by Alison Brown

Seniors have chance to save lives, receive education at East Kentucky University Jessica Lee circulation editor


hether it is rushing to the scene of an accident to save a man’s life, a garage fire in order to protect more people, or even going to the scene of an accident where one of the victims is a friend, students are doing what they love. Firefighting. Seniors Austin Adams, Waverly Clements, and Cain Allin are all going to

East Kentucky University in the fall to take what they are volunteering their time for, firefighting, and make it into a profession. “I am going to EKU because there is not a four year school in Virginia for what I want to go to college for,” Clements said. EKU’s Fire and Safety Engineering Technology Program is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is designed for students to eventually obtain leadership roles and create advancement opportunities. “I am doing this in order to make myself get a better education about the thing I like to do in life. I plan on being a firefighter for the rest of my career,” Clements said. Tuition rates for this program are at $350 per credit hour. This gets very expensive seeing as the number of credit hours needed to graduate from the Fire and Safety Engineering Technology Program is at 128 hours with 34 general requirements, 8 hours free electives, and 86 program requirements. “I’ve been working with Mr. Havard, trying to get financial aid, and applying for loans.” Adams said. The three prospective firefighters have already started volunteering in preparation

for the future they have chosen. Clements has been with the Disputanta Company 2, Adams with the Burrowsville Company 4, and Allin with the Carson Company 3. The program at EKU is concentrated in Fire Protection Engineering Technology to give the students the technical knowledge and skills needed to excel in the field of firefighting. In the Fire Protection Engineering Technology program, the graduates get the experience to work with architects, engineers, and officials in order to investigate fire damage and find out why the protective measures failed. The graduate process also allows for the students to help decide what kind of new measures could be developed for the future. The class curriculum for firefighting is about teaching the basics for the students to learn before going out and doing this for a living. It includes fire dynamics, building construction, fire protection structures and most importantly, safety. “Being a firefighter is a dangerous job; while everyone is running out of a burning building we are going in,” Clements said. The Fire and Safety Engineering Technology program is designed to provide students with a background in dealing with fire safety, as well as industrial and community disasters.

The focus of the Fire and Safety Engineering Technology program is to give knowledge about fire and emergency management, hazardous materials, and safety analysis, just a few of many more subject matters that these students will face. “I’ve been through the firefighter one and two courses, awareness course, Hazmat operations, and I’ve learned a lot through my couple of years with Carson,” Allin said. The Blackboard online learning site for the university is a way for students to check grades, look at the course syllabus, talk to the professors of the courses, take exams, and other things to help out the students. “It would be very beneficial because any way you can communicate with your professor out of class is helpful,” Allin said. For those who are like these students and want to pursue a career in firefighting, Allin believes it is very important for future firefighters to remember this very important rule. “Always remember the two in, two out rule. Never leave a fellow firefighter behind,” Allin said.

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Laura Young trn copy editor Many students struggle to keep their own bedroom clean. Imagine if students had to clean their school too as well as take care of the outside, make repairs and pick up trash after school sports and events. Luckily the custodians take care of all these tasks and more. We spoke to head custodian Brian Griffin to get his take on his typical day on the job, busy times of the year and what students do that just drives him nuts. Q: What is a typical day like here as a custodian? A: “The day starts opening up the building and the kids coming in. We have a couple of guys that work on the outside cleaning up after baseball games and soccer games and at the field house. So much goes on through the day, it keeps you busy all day. Of course you have to take care of the inside too. At 1:00 when lunch ends, you have to do clean-up in the commons. The cafeteria is sometimes a mess and I hope the kids learn how to throw their trash away, that helps us out a lot. When the kids clean up behind themselves, they’re keeping the school as clean as possible for themselves and they can be proud of what they have. Once you get something nice you need to take care of it.” Q: What is one pet peeve that you have in regards to students? A: “It drives me nuts when the kids get up from the lunch table and they leave all their trash on the table when the trash can is sitting right in front of them. They can just as easily pick it up and throw it in the trash, and that’s all it takes. If they do it, and then the next group does it, and the next group, then we’re fine. Pick up behind yourself.” Q: What is your busiest time of year?

Above: Brian Griffin unlocks the front doors for students and visitors to enter. Below: Diane Howell sweeps the commons after lunch is through. Photos by Alison Brown

A: “The busiest time of year is at the beginning of school when everything has to be perfect opening up the school and from stripping and waxing the floors from over the summer. When school opens up we want everything to look great. The second busiest is the ending of school, when it’s graduation. You have convocation and graduation, where we have to set up on the field and in the gym for convocation.”

Above: Deloris May brings out her cart of cleaning supplies to begin the clean up after lunch. Below: Brian Griffin repairs a blown light in classroom. Photos by Alison Brown

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More than just a principal, a mother Tracey Smallwood balances two hats between motherhood and administration Delbria Walton trn feature editor


s students walk down the halls, many of us see the familiar faces of friends and teachers, but one face has been a constant for the past three years, Principal Tracey Smallwood. Smallwood has been in education for 29 years and an administrator for 11. Even though her job as a principal is seemingly never done, her job as a mother will continue long after she has left the field of education. With three daughters, Smallwood know all too well the “troubles” of teenagers. Smallwood admits her disciplinary skills waiver between school and home. “I am much firmer a disciplinarian at school than at home. My children know how to work me and play me. They know my soft spots,” T... Smallwood said. Her administrative styles are not the only thing that differs for Smallwood, principal and parenting have their similarities, but also their differences. Sometimes she finds it tough to separate her feelings from the children in which it is her job to supervise, because they become more like her own as time passes. “It is easier to be an administrator, because you are not as emotionally attached to the students as you are your own children,” T.. Smallwood said. “You do not take them home with you, but on the other hand you do deal with many of the same issues

Principal Tracey Smallwood, bottom left, and her youngest two daughters Berkeleigh Smallwod, 17, at the top, and Agustus ”Gussie” Smallwood, 20 at the bottom right. Photo taken at a family event, oldest daughter Alex Smallwood, 25 is absent from photo. Photo contributed by Tracey Smallwood. and it is hard to not let your feelings get involved.” The youngest of Smallwood’s three girls, Berkeleigh 17, feels her mom’s career is not as much of an issue as many may think. She does not notice a difference in her mom, because her home life and work life are kept separate. “My mom does her job and what happens there stay there; she is really

good about not bringing it home with her. Yes, she’s strict but all great moms are,” B. Smallwood said. Smallwood’s colleagues agree that her professionalism at work is nothing but a good sign of what is to come in the future. “She is loyal, dedicated and a caring individual to both students and staff. Her ability to ‘change hats’ during the course of the day shows

that she can multi-task while handling the academic success of the students,” office secretary Diane Overstreet said. Not only do her peers see it, but the students that walk the halls every day notice when they get a polite smile or a gracious ‘hello’ or ‘how are you?’ from a principal that never seems too busy to talk to them. “I thoroughly enjoy working in the office as an aid to Ms. Smallwood. She is an awesome person to talk to and she gives very good insight to any situation or circumstance,” senior office worker Sara Pezzuli said. Smallwood enjoys her job as much as she does being a mother. She feels like both bring a sense of joy that she knows cannot come from anywhere else. “I love seeing the smile on any one of my girls’ faces or when I hear them say they love me. As an administrator, I love to see the sense of accomplishment on the face of any student or teacher; it makes all the hard work worthwhile,” T. Smallwood said. Smallwood reveals that over the years she’s learned a little more each day about becoming a better administrator, co-worker and even parent, because there is always room for growth and improvement. “As an administrator I have learned to accept the help of others graciously and to be thankful for small things because teamwork is the answer,” T. Smallwood said. “Being a parent I have learned that we are not perfect and that we all make mistakes. The key is to know when you do make a mistake admit it, ask for forgiveness and move on.” Berkeleigh is very supportive of her mom and everything she does as well as her mom does with her. She is well aware that she’s a mom first and a principal second. “No matter what I do she’ll always be there for me it’s like a never ending love and even when I’m really upset I know I can count on her to be there and to hug me. I know she will always be there for me and my sisters,” B. Smallwood said. “I’m really proud of my mom and all the success she’s made from being an assistant principal to running her own high school.”

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Sophomores reflect on first year Malikah Williams trn writer

Overall, How was your first year at the high school? “It was pretty good. I got along with all my teachers and the work isn’t as hard as I thought it would be.” Do you feel that you have more responsibility at the high school? “Yes. Not all of my teachers are willing to hold my hand like my teachers in the middle school.” Any advice for rising sophomores? “Keep up with all your work and by the time the last quarter comes it will be a piece of cake.” -Madea Brewer

What did you like the most? “The teachers. A lot of my teachers are really cool and fun to be around.” Do you feel that you have more responsibility at the high school? “Yes. High school is not just a step, but a big leap from junior high.” Any advice for rising sophomores? “New sophomores should be prepared and expect a lot. Studying is absolutely important; being lazy will hurt new sophomores a lot.” -Chris Bae

What were your expectations for your sophomore year? “[I expected it] to be something hard where I was going to be scared to show up to school.” Overall, how was your first year at the high school? “I had a couple of difficult times because of procrastination, but other than that, it went by like a breeze.” Any advice for rising sophomores? “Make sure you do not hold stuff off because it’s going to hurt you later on.” -Ciara Taylor

What were your expectations for your sophomore year? “I was expecting ridiculously crowded hallways.” What did you like the most? “I loved having theatre 5th block. Mr. Phillips is awesome.” Any advice for rising sophomore? “Do homework and pay attention in class. It eventually pays off.” -Emily Kidd

What were your expectations for your sophomore year? “[I expected] to have more freedom and to be treated more so as an adult.” Do you feel that you have more responsibility at the high school? “Yes. If you miss an assignment, the teacher won’t chase after you to get it turned in. It becomes your responsibility to do so.” Any advice to rising sophomores? “Press the administration about opening the bathrooms up.” -Forest Tucker

What did you dislike the most? “Having to study for the first time and still getting a C in history.” Would you do anything differently? “I would’ve tried harder in the beginning of the year.” Any advice for rising sophomores? “Study, study, study. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Teachers are there to help.” -Kelly Soloe

What did you like the most? “I liked the amount of time we had between classes and also the pep rallies were fun too.” Overall, how was your first year at the high school? “It was really fun; I think that getting involved made it really fun and memorable.” Any advice for rising sophomores? “Be ready to work and have fun.” -Lexis Bland

What did you like the most? “The ability to do more things and the availability of activities to participate in.” Overall, how was your first year at the high school? “Great, I enjoyed the increase of freedom and just the feeling of increased responsibility.” Any advice for rising sophomores? “Come prepared to work and have fun.” -Robert Stephenson

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buddy who fills your candy jar! I, Brittney Ceney, leave NHS the gratification of helping others, the field hockey team my drive and determination for the sport, the track team the passion I have for helping others achieve goals, and to my sister, Jessi, my determination to prove myself to others.

I, Laura Fajardo, leave to all my fellow Japanese and Young Authors club members the garden, the lessons, and inside jokes we have. And to my fellow JROTC cadets, my love and the good times we had this year. To the teachers, my thanks and gratefulness. I, Katie Finlen, say don’t stop working till the last day of school!

I, Bryan Cezar, leave to any under classmen that may read this the knowledge that your time as a senior will fly by as the year progresses. I, Keon Chapman, leave to the faithful few my love for music. To Mizraim Kidd-Bey my love for fashion. Let every hallway be your runway. And to PGHS I leave a thank you for the good times and the bad. I, Caron Charlotte, leave to Delbria, Charmaine, Desi, Taylor, and Kelsie my friendship, inside jokes, and fun times. To the underclassmen, I leave my PGHS school spirit! I, Heather Clark, leave to Summer the Japanese Club. Do with it what you will. I, Lamesha Coley, give Phylicia and Summer my gaming skills, Andrea my sarcasm, and Sarah M. my imaginary Mustang. I also give Erin and Bria my awesomeness, Sierra my stubbornness, Caitlin my criticism, and David my common sense.

I, Taylor Fletcher, leave to Milisa Taylor my cheerleading skills! Hope Song the SGA gavel, treat it well! I leave my French accent to Jillian Baskett. My laughter to 5th block! My sarcasm to Jesse Thomas. To C.T.C.D, 4 years of amazing friendship! I, Joseph Freeman, leave to Micheal King, the name of Nick Jonas and Ms. Thornton my stories of conspiracy and the ability to train dragons. I, Jessica Gandarillas, say get out as fast as you can, seriously. Oh, and senior skip days ARE real. I, Ryan Ganter, leave to Patrick my strength. Amanda and Katy my Tennessee Gear. David my cleats, Taylor my speed. And Jami my love and friendship. I, Morgan Garrett, leave Emily Lipp my camouflage jacket and Browning tee’s to keep the country heritage strong in PG.

I, Debony Comer, leave to Rachel Hall my everything. To everybody else I leave behind my love and friendship. I wish the class of 2011 the best.

I, Courtney Gifford, leave to Chelsea all the good times, my awesomeness, and my love. I, Michael Gilliam, leave to Demetris my wisdom. To all upcoming seniors I leave to you good times and happy days.

I, Barry Bayes, leave my three ring binder of referrals to Ms. Romig.

I, Brock Congleton, leave to Cara Lucy my math skills. Doug Buchanan my sporadic Friday night drives. Mr. Darby and Mr. Pollard my napping powers. And finally to the “Fist Pump Champs” many epic memories to come.

I, Kiydaar Baycom, leave to Sheldon my swag. Platinum my Call of Duty skills. Keith my strength, Gabriel my speed. And Channy my love and friendship.

I, Adriana Cook, leave PGHS to Sarah Cook, my sister. Donna Young and Shaun Robertson, my best friends. Good luck to future varsity softball players!

I, Clarence Bell, leave to Rachel the responsibility of getting the “choir job” done. To Mizriam I leave the bass section! Hold it down.

I, Zachary Crutchfield, leave my determination, strength, willpower, and most of all my love to my darling Emily Lipp. The girl I love!

I, Camden Beu, leave to Francisco Portillo my strength. Mariah Blystone and Hailey Beu my humor. Dylan Wells my awesomeness. Neal Richmond my coolness. And Stephanie Ramirez my heart, love and my friendship.

I, Sherwine Davis, leave to Albert Williams my height, may he be the tallest guy in the school next year.

I, Jillian Baskett, leave to Rosanell my dancing shoes. My desk to my teachers which I’m proud to say I will never sit in again and to the rest of the under classmen maturity and focus.

I, Hillary Blake, leave my math binder to Kahye, the New York adventures of grown women to Olivia, and my positive attitude to Connor, Rachel, Elizabeth, and Summer. I, Terryll Brunson, will say to you this, find out your true friends, set your priorities, and leave far away when the time comes. I, Erica Bulger, leave to my sister Phylicia Harris, the best of luck in her senior year and all the enjoyment of internet distractions during homework. To everyone else that I love: enjoy your senior year! I, Lydia Carpenter, leave my amazing paintball skills to Hillary, pickles to Joanna, a roll of holiday saran wrap to Kristen, my hippy literature to Lindsey, mon petit mouton pour Tiffany, and last but certainly not least I leave mom and Joe all of the amazing memories. I, Kayla Carneal, leave to Timber-lee our Monday mornings where we would kill for a chance to drive, to get so far away from you isn’t it IRONIC don’t you think a little too ironic, that you would not believe your eyes if ten million fireflies lit up the world as we went to school. I wish you all the luck and much love, enjoy your last two years. Mr. Waugaman I leave the many extra hours spent after school. Thanks for everything. TRN will make perfection one day, do it Jami.

I, Ryan Dereski, leave Justin Sebera my parking spot. I hope he has a great year and as much fun as I did. I, Tara Drayton, leave to Marshanda my success. Donna and Diana my strength. Demetria my sense of humor. Brooke my happiness. Marcia my sense of reasoning. And Deonesha my love and friendship. I, Tiffany Dumas, leave to JROTC corp my position and continued success. Cynea my friendship. Tempestt and Mone my 4th block inside jokes and advice. My family, my love for helping me get this far. underclassmen my motivation. and James my heart and everlasting devotion. I, Renee Eagan, leave to Matt my love, you are almost done. Only one more year, stick in there and keep doing what you’re doing. I promise to help you, whenever. I, Sara Eanes, leave to Samantha Dalton my “FF” for the back of your TNT shirt oh and that means Tan’N’Time not dynamite Sam! Love you. I, Shawneeque Edwards, leave to Anita Tyler my love and support, to Mizraim Kidd-Bey my smile to lighten up your day, Alex Tayban my craziness and to all my other friends that I missed, I leave my heart. I, Jerome Ellis, leave to Patrick Crutcher (lil cuz’n) my books, and I leave my parking pass to Deonesha, if you ever get a car…stay in them books Class of 2011!

I, Jeremy Carrell, leave to Instructor Jeffrey Ray Witt my obnoxious attitude as well as my A average, Dalton Jolly my golf game, Ryan O’Hare my bunny hop, Laura and Carrie my love (lol) and my unconditional love for Karen Rhodes and Vicki Hale.

I, Josh Fallin, leave my skills to Caleb, my exceptional sleeping capability to Mr. Pollard, my roundhouse kick to Aaron and my pure awesomeness to Brady.

I, Katy Cash, leave to Kaitlyn and Madi my field hockey skills. To Cara my doubles game. To Melissa and Jordan my running shoes, 10s skills, and PG pride. And Ms. Curtis… good luck finding another 7th block

I, Miesha Faison, leave to Anita my hardwork and dedication. To Zivan, my humorous abilities. To Carlos, my love and knowledge to stay focused.

I, Kallie Golden, leave nothing. I’m off to bigger and better things. Go Arizona State Sun Devils!!! I, Ariana Gordon, leave to Sherelle G. my patience and kind heart. And to Xavier my parking place and ability to work and go to school. I, Tyea Govans, leave my spikes and Royal Singlet to Jahneshia L. Govans. Some gas money for coach Bryan, my rosary to Xavier Hall, my Panama flag to Jessica Pena, my Gatorade to Brianna Harris, my spirit to girls track teams, my running shoes to Coach Rivera, and my agenda to Mrs. Hamlin who taught me to use it and my voter registration card to Mrs. Hale who taught me the importance of being a citizen. I, Jasmine Grant, leave Mr. Owens my sarcastic ways. Gerald my sense of humor, and Briana the strength to make it through two more years of high school. I, Sarah Habermehl, leave David Mendoza my SGA duties and ownership. Jami and Colby everything academic, and Autrey Jackson enough hugs to last until I get home. And Mrs. Britt gets all my love. Mr. Nelson gets enough annoying comments to last until he becomes an administrator. I, Ben Hall, would say during your senior year live it up. It’s the last time all of your friends will be with you everyday. I don’t have much or a person in mind. I would like to see someone step up and take over the green man and keep that going, that would be cool. I, Sarah Ham, pass everything to Caiti! I, Alia Harnage, leave to Rachael Hall my love. Keonna Burroughs to never give up. Anthony Jackson to keep your head in the book not girls. Alissa Harnage to never give up and I love you. Zhana Umpierre: never give up boo! Denisha Black: knowledge. I, Aaron Harris, leave my love and affection to Vicki Hale and Karen Rhodes. I leave my lunch table girls my sandwich making materials. I, Jenny Harrison, leave to Kayla and Savanah laughter. DiAra my humor. Taylor F. my cool tights. Mathew B. my heart. And to PG players my love for the stage. I, Amber Hatcher, leave Carley and Josh my French book and French knowledge. Joey and April all my chemistry stuff, and everyone else my sincere goodbye.

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Senior Section I, Bradley Hayes, leave Bryce my last name, Barglof my jokes, and Conner my thunder. I, Bobby Holden, leave to Conner Stevenson my UVA paraphernalia, Brandon Clarkson “I AM AMERICA” by Stephen Colbert, to Olivia Tritschler my model U.N. experience, to the O-Line explosive power to destroy the rest of the district, and all of my love to Shelby Floyd. I, Sierra Holliday, leave to Heather and Sam my great senior memories. And my sister Justine a great high school career. I, Alisha Holmes, leave my lunch table our adult jokes, our lasting memories and my sore throat. To Mr. Pelter I leave my absentinces. To DiAra I leave our make overs and make unders. I leave my Tricken to Jasmine. To Rosanell I leave kind words. To Keon I leave our nights on the town. To Kyerra I leave my bags and last but not least, To Bria I leave my tears. I, Amber Hosier, say Senior Skip Day is REAL! Don’t let anyone tell you different. I, Shanice Houser, leave Rosanell Gonzalez my beautiful smile. I leave Dorian Newberg my ecology book. And to Clarra I leave my bus seat that no one could sit in. I, Julia A. Howard, leave my sister Sarah Howard my strength and courage to make the best of her high school years. I leave her bravery to stick up for herself and not let anyone get her down. I love you Sarah! I, Nikki Howard, leave to Caiti my friendship! I will also leave all my high school knowledge to everyone else! Good luck next year! ☺ I, Shawn Howard, leave to Don my speed, Zach my skills, and Ms. Thornton my memory. I, Shantel Huggins, leave Mrs. Lipscomb my wisdom and humor. Mrs. Washington my laughs. Mrs. Roberts and Mrs. Nichols my smiles and face. Mario, Roderick, Ditray, Adrian, Kiydaar, Alex, Cortez, I leave my hugs! I, Helania Hunt, leave to Dana the last of my will to do anything. Don’t get senioritis. Just don’t do it. Good luck!

up happiness. Your happiness is your closest friend. I, Valerie Johnson, give advice to under classmen; whatever you do don’t get senioritis and never give up on anything and stay positive. I, Crystal Jones, leave my parking pass to Cameron Thrift. Also my locker and love. Love you Cameron! I, Taylor Jones, leave Ms. Hale my smarts. Mr. Witt my awesomeness, and Mr. Pelter mine and Joanna Santiago’s laugh! I, Will Jones, leave my jersey #75 to Dominique W. my love to all of my fans and my poetic prowess to those who inspire to love in the world. And remember – speak only the truth, so that the blind may see.

I, Beth Kendall, leave to my sister, Maria, my procrastination. To Carrie Young, I leave the SGA…take care of our baby! And to all the rising seniors…I leave my horrible case of senioritis. Good luck… I, Steve Kenyon, leave Emanuel the tradition of having a Japanese car with direct port Nitrous Injection, NOS fogger system and T-3 Turbo. I also leave my 2JZ Engine to “Dimir”. I, Chelsy Kovski, leave to Chris Vasquez my unconditional love and endless stories. Chris Pucci I leave my strength and friendship. Ryan Dereski I leave all of our ski-crew memories and Jordan Dickey I leave my great advice and strength. I, Caroline Lamb, leave the entire school (esp. Ms. Davis) my life long love for burnt orange. And I leave Mr. Darby our class pet, “graph-hopper”, protect him from Mitchell. I, Mitchell Landreth, leave to John Honaker my height. Levi Owens the Districts Cross Country sign we “borrowed”. Mrs. Britt my amazing prank skills, Mr. Pollard a slinky, Mr. Darby, I return control of your Smart Board to you, future LMC workers the safety of the library, Matthew Skinner my love, Mrs. Anderson all the novels we had to read and to Mr. Britt I leave government class because its not as cool as history. I, Yasmine La Santa, leave Zhane Umpierre my love and laughs. Diana Owens, my lunch table, e mi amor. And, to the class of 2011, my friendship. I will miss all of my friends. I love you!

I, Robert Irving, leave my brother Kevin Hill my jokes and my notes that I never wrote.

I, Jessica Lee, leave all the good times to my friends, and all my memo ries in TRN and cheering to upcoming years.

I, Darien Jackson, leave Dominique Fingers and Sheldon Mansfield my courage to keep striving for the best even when hard times come.

I, Kyerra Leonard, leave to Jerome our “missions”(lol). Jasmine our party days. Alexis our car accidents. The lunch crew my “topic of the day”. And Tykeia, Monica, and Courtney my deepest gratitude and love.

I, Jeremy Jacob, leave to the school parking lot all my mud off my truck. And to Rowanty I leave all my hard work, hope they keep it open. I, Nicole Jefferson, leave Rashidi my parking spot, Artisha, my music and Rosie my common sense and vernacular. I leave Thess my sanity and Tasha my ability to see things clearly for what they are.

I, Wayne Long, leave my strength and wisdom to my brother Daniel. To Phillip, I leave my car. My dragons, to Mrs. Thornton, and my love to Sara. I, Jorden Lykes, leave to Kierra my basketball #, Rosie my spin moves, Chris Kid my grades. I, Joshua Martin, leave Mrs. Webb my humor, Jaydee my batting average, Chase my glove, Bryce my cleats, PG Baseball program a winning season.

I, Tonicia Jefferson, leave D. Hargett my goofiness, B. Bailey my old Blackberry, Mr. Owens my sleepiness, Ms. Hale all my chocolate and love, C. Fields my vicious dog.

I, Alejandra Martinez, leave to my teachers all my thanks. Mizzy my creativity.

I, Amber Jernigan, want to say to Mrs. Webb that you have been the best and most wonderful teacher that anyone could ask for. I wish you good luck and a happy year. I hope to see you sometime in the future.

I, Shakil Mason, leave my XBOX 360 to JaJa Parham. Neal Richmond, my T.V. Gabriel Rosario my devilish charm, and Kaitlynn Manuel my friendship.

I, Brittany Johnson, leave everyone – live up your senior year and never give up.

I, Kelsie McDaniels, leave to Madame Skiffington all of my “qwershons.” My dad, the memory of being my assistant principal. My mom, all the visits at lunch. And to every class below me, the challenge of finding something that rhymes with your class year.

I, Givonie Johnson, leave to The 2010-2011 drum majors a wonderful band and patience that will be needed during band camp and competitions. I, Kyra Johnson, leave Prince George, Virginia with words of high school wisdom. Don’t fall to the ways of the world. Friendship does not make

I, Kris Merritt, leave my money because I never payed attention in Mrs. Prease’s class. I, Sarah Mitchell, wish Megan her best next year and to have fun. I’m so glad high school’s over for me. Later PG! I, Nicole Mojica, leave to Albert Jr., my heart, love, and everything. Angela G., my talent and wisdom, Kellie W., my fun and good times. I, Amber Moody, leave my computer to all future yearbookies, and my ambition to the junior class. I, Mark Moore, leave to Chelsea Hughes the destruction of USC’s football program. Noelle Moore the torture of not having Frau Brafford. And, Adam Harris more crushing victories in Madden.

I, Danielle Kearney, leave Dana Peagler my will to be different.

I, Andrew Hyden, say don’t screw it up, it will be hard to get your grades up.

I, Kristen Jackson, leave Ashley my procrastination skills. Taylor Carpenter my sisterly love, and Lydia and Tiffany “la vache.”

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I, Travis Moore, leave to Marquis Raines my friendship. Aleasha Hunt, my laughs and giggles. And Madea Brewer my school memories. “And to erybody in da underclass, keep ya head up and don’t give up.” I, Ditray Murray, leave Trey my speed and strength. Zhane my good personality, Kiera my friendship. Hillary my kindness, and Zanya all the love in my heart. I, Brittany Myrick, leave my yearbook memories to everyone in 5th block, my memorable “announcements” to Ms. Heath. I, Molly Nicol, leave to Ms. Hale, the .41 points I owe her from the 3rd nine weeks. Ms. Barnwell, the responsibility of finding a new 4-H president, and one lucky junior my seat at the table in the Guidance office. I, Kayla Noe, leave my friendship to Cassie, my passion to Heather, and lastly my love, courage, and heart to Courtney. I, Mia Norman-Owens, leave the Royal News my hardwork and love for the newspaper. To Mr. Waugaman all the many memories, and thank you; and to Mr. York, lessons in scalpel safety and the knowledge of being the teacher who taught me the most. I, Mone Norman, wants to leave my brother Anthony Jackson to keep your head in books, Alissa Harnage to stay out of trouble and accomplish your goals, and Rachael Hall to be all that you can be. I, Jordan Nugent, say watch out for deer, it’s an easy way to total your car. I, Johnny O’Donnell, leave Chris my craziness, Jessica my friendship, Kourtney my thanks, and Miranda my dap hugs. Also, my streets to Cam. I, Meaghan O’Hare, leave to Aidan the hot water I waste on long showers, Megan, the girl who has everything, though regretfully I can’t be with you, you must soldier on as if I were, and Doug, Blockbuster late fees, Creole, I, Devyn Pachmayr, leave Colby Eliades the Doubletruck, I know you’ll do great. To Prince George County, Mr. Britt, Mr. Owens and Mr. Waugaman my upmost gratitude. I wish you all the best. I, LaCreshia Page, leave to Angela my Jersey 14. Hannah K., my inhaler. And, Reggie my kisses. I, Rebecca Palombo, leave my gratitude to my two favorite teachers, Mrs. Hale, and Mr. Owens for teaching and believing in me throughout this school year. Also, to Kellie Weiss my love and friendship, thank you for being true for all these years. I, Nicole Parrish, leave to Morgan my gratitude for being the best friend I could ever ask for. To my Mom, and Dad, all my appreciation for the patience and hard work they put forth to get me where I am today. And to Lauren, the ability to always be all that you can be. I, Kia Parker, leave to Dana my laughs and wisdom, and friendship. Thadeus and Zhane the lunch table. Roderrick my Elmo t-shirt. Justus my jokes.

I, Ver’Rell McDonald, leave my football greatness to R.J. Ripley. I, Brianna McFarlane, leave to Rosanell Gonzalez all my love.

I, Carlos Peralta, leave to Jeff, Chris, and Michael my friendship and humorous jokes. Devonair my warming embrace. Also, to Courtney and Ryerra, my love and the fun times that we had.

Page22 - The Royal News - May 14, 2010 I, Trish Peterson, leave to Sam Dalton the lunch table, gym class, and all our laughs and memories.

Senior Section

friendship, and Lauren my courage! Love you guys! I, Andrew Smith leave to Dylan my patience and determination.

I, Rachel Poreda, leave my love of the game to the soccer team. My amazing preposition skills to Mrs. Alley. My humor and friendship to Ollie and Lindsey. I, Tiffany Powers, leave to Kendall Potter my good grades if she’s still here next year.

I, Jennifer Smith, leave a quote to Rachael Cassandra Karns, “Do not crush your senior year, take everyday as it were your last and enjoy them.” To Shannon Pavascko I leave the art room and the creativity that keep the art alive.

I, Mark Turpan, leave Cleme, Ryan, Reggie, L, Daniel, and X my god given talent on the court. Step up yall’s game and try not to fight over my talent. I, Jasmine Tyler, leave to my boyfriend, Travis Saunders, my love, strength and hardworking abilities. Zac James, Faith Gilliam, Brianna Harris, Anita Tyler, Carlos Jones, Jasmine Hancock, Mark Mayfield, Marcel Mayfield, Dominique Finger and Dax Ellison my friendship, laughs, and respect. I love all of you.

I, Justin Smith, give them nothing but take from them everything!! I, Van Powroznik, leave to Zach Huber my ping pong balls, Ms. Thornton my Unitary Elephants, and Mr. Witt the motivation to be cool. I, Scott Ramirez, leave my brother Steven my strength, my cousins David and Danny my patience, Stephanie my knowledge and sophomore friend Thadeus my lunch table (LOL) I, Brittany Ray, leave the underclassmen my good luck.

I, Lyundin Smith, leave all my memories with all of my underclassmen friends. I love you all and you will surely be missed. I, Aaron Skinner, leave Patty-Pat, Boo Boo, Shaun-diddy and Nurse my ownership of JROTC.

I, Amber Redman, leave everything to my baby sister, Sarah.

I, Molly Slusser, leave to Kaitlyn Johnson my jellyfish! Blub blub blub!!, my field hockey stick, and my truck. To Stacey Jr. all my weird stories and all my old crow medicine show C-D’s.

I, Tamika Reid, leave Dominique Finger my wisdom, Paris Maxey my innocence and intelligence, Eric Taylor my heart and friendship, Briana Giles my good looks, and to the rest of the rising seniors and juniors, I wish you the best. You all have my blessings for a great year.

I, Kay Song, leave to KaHye and Colby my luck for UVa. Chelsea, Joohong and Chris my love along with some of my textbooks and binders, Olivia our memories at W&M and NYC, because we are grown women…

I, Andrew Reiter, leave to Megan Philpot my tan, because girl, you are white! Russell Slouffman our lunch table chats, and Zach Fuller my straight cockiness.

I, Johnny Stables, leave my good sportsmanship with Travis Barglof.

I, Alex Rill, I leave my coloring and drawing supplies to Ricky, my best lunch ideas to Robert Delvonte. I leave my somewhat rude attitude to Mr. McDaniels, and my terrible math skills to Mr. Pulskamp. I leave my love and friendship to Molly Slusser. I, Jacob Riggio, leave my smarts to Jessica, my physical ability to Kenny, and Jenteara my love and honesty. I, Raven Ripley, hope you enjoy the rest of your high school life. I leave my strength to you because you have to be strong to make it through high school. Keep your head high and don’t give up. I, Maggie Roberts, leave Kaitlyn my hardwork and ability to drive a youngin’ around for pre-game meals. Emily my FH position if she hates the goal. Also, the softball team an endless amount of “Why Wags” moments. I, Ebonii Robinson, wish good luck to the class of 2011 and hope they have a good year…but class of 2010 is still the best class ever! I, William Roman, give my sarcasm to my brother Marc. While you’re finishing high school, learn to get smart with any idiots you find along the way. That’s what made me successful. I, Andy Runion, leave to JD my arm, Bryce my bat, Gierson my intensity, and coach Roberts all the wins I have accumulated over the years. I, Lewis Sampter, say HOLLA!!, I’ll pray for ya’ll. I, Joanna Santiago, leave John Shumar and Bailey Williams all the fun memories of track ☺ Mrs. Skiffington my fun and smiles and my field hockey stick ☺ Mrs. Hale-The memories of Stephen and I in her government class. I love Aaron Harris. I, Brittney Saunders, leave to Trey Taylor my pancakes. CJ Robinson my muscles. Chelsea Hall my cheerin and love. Marquon my wrestling skills, not. Lumpierse #1 JROTC and its drama . And PGHS my school spirit. I, Desi Scott, leave my Peruvianness, sillies, and love to everyone, my friendship to all my best, and I leave the cruel racist but hilarious inside jokes to certain trackies. I, Lateshia Scott, leave to Keyona my wisdom. Kamesha and Kiara my old locker. Dionna my favorite teacher Mr. Widdecombe. And Alisha our lunch table. I, Brady Seitz, leave my excuses to my favorite teachers Mr. York, Ms. Pearce, Mrs. Mahaffey and Mrs. Cleveland. The Red Cross to my brothers, my love to my family. And to my girlfriend Crystal, my love and my heart. I, Tempestt Shavers would like to leave to Dax my strength, Ashley my

I, Jessica Stainback, leave the underclassmen the hopes to graduate. Sorry but the AP English journal stays with me. To Mrs. Britt I leave my love, to Mr. Witt my brains, to Mr. Owens the obsession with movies and to the rest of the teachers I leave you to await my return as a fellow instructor and teacher. I, Courtney Stewart, leave to Brett my parking pass. Laken, my love for dance. Ms. Curtis, my tardies. And the varsity field hockey team to beat Dale! I, Kimberly Stolz, leave to Logan Blystone my “enthusiam” and sour patch kids. I, Brennon Stovall, leave to my sister my notes, love and wisdom. Dr. Moore my appreciation for his teaching and awesomeness. To all my friends my thankfulness for all the good times and memories. And Blake and Nathan the underground tunnel that comes up in a Jacuzzi. I, Savanah Stricklin, leave to Megan the music and the stage. I dreamed it for you June, but Momma’s gotta let go. I leave Doug my guitar. Not really though, because it’s mine. But you can think about it. Mister, once again, you get only a slap in the face. I, Eric Sutton, leave to Mrs. Britt my awesome Beatles lunchbox. To Mrs. Thornton her Facebook page. To Chelsea Hughes, the Mu Alpha Theta presidency. To Jami, a high five.

I, Chris Vasquez, leave to Pucci, nothing but a “Rwoo-ooh”, Asian our dope handshake and hugs, Joanna my winks, Katie my smiles, Josh my man hugs, Steven our rides home, Chelsy everything in me plus bookah, and P.G. the legend of Skeezey! I, Amir Vera, leave Reggie Love my track team, Wayne Epps the trials and tribulations of being an editor, all of my English teachers and Mr. Waugaman my appreciation, the Panera Bread Crew the good times, the laughs and African jokes that will always be remembered. I, Gerald Wade, leave to Gabrielle Brooks some friends. Clemmie the power of G. I, Gage Walker, leave to the PGHS Band my legacy. Daniel, my shoes to fill. The Brass Sections my expectations. To the Marching Band, my old uniform and my marching shoes. And to Shay, my newly found love. I, Courtney Wall, leave to Jaja my hugs. Shay, my clarinet skills. And Dana a whole bunch of smiles. I, Lindsay Warren, leave to Kelly my parking spot, be careful! Louise my organization and love. Emily Kidd my beast dancing skills, Carrie and Aidan the yearbook staff. And the cheerleading squad my dedication and hardwork. I, Elizabeth Walsh, leave to Caiti all our laughs, plenty of Mountain Dew and great times. Patty my love and daily shout outs. Angela my love, loudness, and great taste in music. To the tennis team, my strengths. And John my math skills and love. I, DelBria Walton, leave my lunch table all our fun times, laughter and interesting convos. To C.T.C.D I leave all the great years of friendship and many more to come. To J.G.T.I I leave my weekends and all the horrible movies. To CJ and Kelsie I leave all our inside jokes and Chris Brown. To Amir all my African jokes. Jami and Colby, I leave the puppy. I leave Trey and Rachel and awesome senior year. I leave Malikah my sisterly advice and my teachers all my best years. I, Brianna Washington, leave my liveliness and knowledge, you don’t have to be dumb to be fun and crazy. I, Tiffany Washington, give my strength to Shelby Reynolds my courage to keep going when things seem so difficult. Also I leave my friendship that has lasted for three years across five state lines. And Phylicia and Connor an awesome year in Teacher Cadet.

I, Eamon Taggart, leave everyone my hope and ambitions. I, Alysia Taylor, would like to thank all my teachers from 10th to the 12th grade year for helping me pass and get my work done and also my mother Mrs. B. Taylor. Sara Taylor, leave to Travis Taylor my love and smarts, to Sam Dalton my beautiful yearbook pass, to Madison Guidry my yearbook creativity and to mom my hottie wall. I, Brittany Thacker, leave to my sister, Mariah Thacker, my strength to keep moving forward and my love. I will miss you next year. I couldn’t ask for a better sister. I, Charmaine Thweatt, leave to Mrs. Britt my wonderful hugs you cannot live without and my contagious laugh no one will ever have ☺. I also leave to Mrs. Andersen the good times we have had in English. There will never be another Charmaine, Delbria, and Caron. Love Yall!! I, Amanda Tomlin, leave to my sister all the great memories of high school to come, to Emily Marshall the leadership on the track team, to John and Bailey the hard workouts and miles on the track, and to my “yearbookie” sister the creativity in working on the yearbook. I, Ashley Traylor, would like to leave wisdom to all underclassmen and the power to finish high school and get a higher education.

I, Shakeel Weekes, leave my athletic abilities to Reggie Love, Marquan Stiff my great catching abilities and to play anywhere at any time. I, Lauren Vinson, leave to Dr. Moore complete power over the TOTs, to the remaining varsity softball players another interesting year with Wags and Chandler, and to Mr. Dailey a lifetime supply of Dots. I, Jasmine Young, leave Mrs. Cromer all the encouraging words she gave me. Mrs. Ajmani the helping hand anytime I needed it. Mr. Havard, I leave to you all the hugs, and inspiration that you gave to me throughout my senior year. I also would like to leave Ms. Hale her lovely sense of humor I will never forget. I, Laura Young, leave Mr. Nelson my tears and Mr. Newman’s resignation. To Colby, Senior Class Secretary. To SGA, my dedication through every obstacle. To Mrs. Britt, my lack of camera skills and my heart on my sleeve. To Frau, my enthusiasm and flashcards. To Ed, Truvy leaves lervvv. To MacKenzie I leave my sister, take care of her next year. To Carrie I leave best friend nights, car rides, our parents and lava! I, Rachel Zoldork, leave to Anthony and Natalie my notes to get through the rest of high school. Chandler Shirer my knowledge of all things math. And my best friend my love.



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M P E R S A N D 4 of 460 seniors Search

Senior Year 2010

Ashley Dodson “I am going to miss making memories with my friends.”

Morgan Garrett “I am going to miss the friends I have made in high school.”

Shauna Causey “My favorite part of senior year was being able to leave early.”

Ventrell Terry “I am excited about getting out of school and never having to come back.”

You Know You’re Graduating When...

- Herff Jones comes to take sizes for gowns, not rings. - You get your yearbooks before the underclassmen. - “Senior Skip Days” become more frequent. - You have a tassel in your rearview mirror. - You have to attend a senior/parent mandatory meeting.

- You can sit outside to eat. - May goes by slow. - You leave five minutes early for lunch. - You start planning for Beach Week in January. - You have the privilege to leave at one.

Congratulations Class of 2010 . Upcoming Dates & Events to Know Thursday, June 3rd - Convocation/Graduation Practice, 1st block Thursday, June 3rd - 7th block exam Friday, June 4th - 5th & 6th block exams Saturday, June 5th - Baccalaureate, 3 PM Sunday, June 6th - Convocation, 3 PM

Monday, June 7th - 1st & 3rd block exams Tuesday, June 8th - 2nd & 4th block exams Thursday, June 10th - Graduation Practice, 8 AM Thursday, June 10th - Senior Bash, 8 PM-12 AM Friday, June 11th - Graduation, 7 PM

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Relay fights cancer

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Relay walkers began the walk with a banner to support cancer survivors.

The Relay for Life is a life changing event that helps people in communities and organizations remember the ones they loved, give back to those people who have died from cancer, and support those who are still battling cancer. Photo Story by Emanuel Guadalupe The cheer team walked to fight cancer. Student organizations showed their support by participating in the walk to raise money. (Above) Senior Hillary Blake lights candles along the side of the track for those who have lost their lives to cancer. (Bottom right) The Dancing Granny’s danced to raise money for cancer. (Bottom left)



Seniors paint last portrait of high school above the rest Memories of past classes leave artistic legacies for future graduates Jake McQuiggan trn writer


s a senior, extra privileges such as first to receive parking spaces and early lunch are not the only benefits. Seniors who are in any art classes are eligible to paint their own personalized portrait on one of the art room ceiling tiles. Senior Kallie Golden is painting a portrait dedicated to her life of being a swimmer. She describes her painting as “a swimming lane in the middle of the desert leading into a mirage of two palm trees.” “The painting represents that I have been swimming my whole life and will be going to Arizona State for college,” Golden said. “The idea just popped out of my head.” Seniors being able to paint the tiles started back in the early 1980’s with art teacher Hazel Pearce. “We used to let the seniors paint on the walls, but when we ran out of wall space in the art room and faculty rooms we decided to let them paint the ceiling,” Pearce said. Pearce said that seniors look forward to it, and that some seniors take art their final year just to paint a tile as their way of leaving a piece of themselves behind. “Painting the tiles gives them the feeling that other people will look at the

painting and get a message out of it or just enjoy it,” Pearce said. Seniors are allowed to paint anything that they want, as long as it is school appropriate and they have participated in the class the whole year and are passing the class. After the senior’s painting is approved by the teacher, he or she will receive one ceiling tile for his or her own. During reconstruction some of the tiles were either lost or destroyed so newer tiles are still being used. If not, older tiles can be painted over. Senior Jennifer Smith’s design was an abstract dragon painted with blacks and grays. “Most of the paintings that I do are an affection of my life. My tile painting was when I was not the happiest person and it was mainly based on my mood,” Smith said. Smith is currently in Art IV and says that her idea came from the people she was around at that time. “It is one of the best sketches I have ever done. I am using new material and some abstract designs with some grays and different colors in the background,” Smith said. Not only does every senior get the opportunity to have a tile painting, but each gets a week spot in the senior showcase. Some students in the showcase find artistic success outside of school. Senior Kimberly Schofield was recently in the showcase, and owns a small business called Patches selling handmade hats, jewelry and paintings. Heather Clark, who has been painting since eighth grade, presented her work in the first week of the showcase. She now paints and sells charcoal and oil stick portraits. Painting as a senior provides an opportunity to leave a unique and personal mark on the school.

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Senior Taylor Grigg works on the final touches of her tile to be placed on the ceiling of the art classroom. In the past,seniors have had the privilege to leave an art memory behind before they graduate. Photo by Gabby Whittington

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Culinary class offers different perspective Colonial Heights program prepares students for career in restaurant

Jessica Marshall trn writer


s senior year approaches and students start applying to college, fields that students want to major in are plentiful. Medical, law, and business all come to mind. For those who like to eat and cook, a culinary career becomes a possibility. For those interested in a medical career, a nursing program is offered at Rowanty. Business and marketing is offered to individuals who want to go into the business field. However, the inspiring culinary artists are left to develop their skills elsewhere. This problem does not exist at the Colonial Heights Technical Center. Bryan Wareham is the teacher of the Culinary Arts Class at the Center. “If you asked me if I wanted to become a teacher seven years ago I would have laughed in your face. I took this job as a change of pace from working in the industry,” Wareham said. “Prior to teaching I gave up almost every holiday and weekend in order to make the most money. I knew that I would be taking a pay cut but ‘quality of life’ outweighed everything else.”

Students can enroll in ProStart I their sophomore year. In order to take ProStart II, ProStart I has to be completed successfully. For ProStart Experience, 400 hours of cooking and teaching must be obtained as well as completing both of the other courses. In ProStart I, participants meet daily for one period where they are taught basic culinary skills. These skills include sanitation and public speaking. The class also includes basic measuring, accounting, recipe conversions, and identifications of different kitchen tools and equipment. In ProStart II, applicants meet daily for two periods. During these periods, knowledge from the previous year is reinforced as well as the history of critical chefs and food service. Students are also prepared to participate in the “Creative Café”, which serves as a real world restaurant. The “Creative Café” is a restaurant that is run by the members of Wareham’s classes. It runs on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 11:10 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. It is open to the public so that one can experience food prepared by the culinary classes. In ProStart Experience, the main objective is to offer members experience from the real culinary world, and to obtain their ProStart Certificate. “These classes open students’ eyes to what the food service industry is really about. Many students take the class

just to make cookies. When they get in here they quickly realize that it’s much more,” Wareham said. “Students have to ‘dress out’ in chef whites. They practice French classical knife cuts and measurement conversions.” Those who are fond of the culinary art develop this feeling at a younger age. Memories of the first time one cooks or handles food stand out. “My first cooking experience that I can remember was not exactly cooking. I was about 6 or 7 and I wrote up a menu for my mom to order from,” Wareham said. “The menu included a couple of cold sandwiches, chips, and other things, so basically anything that did not require a heat source. My mom ordered and I made it for her. She loved it.” At home, one can see culinary skills wherever they look. Someone might be cooking in the kitchen or watching a show on The Food Network. These shows prove that an interest in a culinary career is not unheard of. Culinary inspiration is obtained throughout one’s life. “I grew up poor so going out to eat was a treat. Therefore I have always loved restaurants. Also my mother and dad were just average cooks so usually the food usually tasted better,” Wareham said. “Let’s just say that I am passionate about my career. I try and relay this passion on to my students but most kids just want to make cookies.” Culinary careers require having much more than skill. Hard work and

Certified Master Chef Russell Scott and Instructor Brian Wareham of the Colonial Heights Technical Center pose for a picture. The class teaches the skills that are needed to have a career in the art of cooking. Contributed photo. patience are key to being successful. “Work ethic is everything. Just like everything in life if you work hard enough it will pay off. Kids today expect that they just need to show up for work, breathe, and get paid,” Wareham said. “When I managed restaurants you would have only lasted two shifts. Now with adults having a hard time finding jobs, the student job market has almost disappeared, so the only way to stand out is to work hard.” With the need for culinary careers on the rise, many high schools are beginning to incorporate a culinary class into the electives offered. For Royals who want to become culinary artists, a class like the one offered at Colonial Heights would be worth the hours. “Yes, Prince George would benefit greatly. Next to doctors, the need for qualified and educated food service personnel will always increase,” Wareham said. “The food service industry is so vast with career pathways like hotels, prisons, TV shows, restaurants and advertising.”

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Mazza band honored with exhibit

Seniors approach last “hoorah”


t is the end of the year and everyone is getting into that summer mode. Underclassmen are scheduling for next school year and seniors are finding scholarships to pay for college. To add to the final hustle of the academic year, the seniors have to choose superlatives, the senior song and what they will leave in their final will and testament. When the forms came out to nominate the song, the views of what the song was to be became a popular conversation topic. The papers came out in all of the Government classes and were to be filled out and turned in. I have heard every song from country to Jay-Z. There have even been groups created on Facebook urging seniors to vote for a particular song. The superlatives were another puzzle that had more nominations than the first. The categories went from class clown to Mr. and Miss Royalty. This one has taken the longest to fill out because there are just so many seniors to choose from. The cutest couple was one that I found to be hard because there is interclass dating in the school and both of the nominees have to be in the class of 2010. All of the categories will be narrowed down to three people for another round of voting. A tradition in the school is the end of the year senior will and testament. This is the opportunity for the seniors to leave behind inside jokes, books and other mementoes to underclassmen and teachers. Creative minds and years of memories come back into play as the upperclassmen think about whom to leave what to without forgetting anyone of importance. Leaving these “wills” behind will bring a part of the past back to any senior who reads them in the future. Senior Bash is the final hoorah for the soon to be graduates. This may be the last time that classmates get to see each other as a whole group before they walk across the stage to the rest of their lives. I think that this will be one of the most exciting and emotional times of my life and I hope to see all of my fellow classmates there. Finally there will be graduation. Relatives and friends from near and far gather in the stands of the football stadium to watch the young people that they know and love leave the security of grade school. It is also a time where tears will mean more than happiness. They will mean freedom to the world, no more dress code or sneaking a text in the middle of class. No standing at the bus stop in the cold of the morning or having to use one restroom that is out of the way. The use of hall passes will be obsolete. All there will be to hold on to is the memory that as a senior, a part of life is almost complete.

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Pictured is a cover to the 1964-1965 vinyl album with songs performed by the band. Albums sold for $7. Photo by Brittany Thacker.

Heritage Museum displays twenty years of Royal music Brittany Thacker trn writer


tarting June 6th, Prince George County’s Heritage Museum will be having an exhibit on the high school band from 1953-1973. This exhibit tells the extraordinary story of the band and music program that developed under the direction of John V. Mazza. The mission of the exhibit is to tell the story of a group of students who came together in 1953 and 1954. “Everyone knew the county band,” Executive Director of the Heritage Museum Carol Bowman said. “It was an important part of the county’s history.” Despite the fact that many of those students could not read music at first, they formed together to work hard and eventually were able to march down Broadway in New York’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 1957. “He treated us all like we were his children. Discipline was important to him,” former band student Robert Maxwell said. “He expected us to practice and to do our best.”

This was the first band from the South to do so. The band returned to New York four additional times and went to the Rose Bowl parade in Pasadena, California twice. They also performed in the Orange Bowl parade twice. “He expanded horizons. Many students back then never dreamed of going to California, but the students worked hard to qualify and were able to go,” Bowman said. “Back then, it wasn’t common for high school students to travel.” Numerous other events such as the Cotton Bowl and the Sugar Bowl, professional football games, and local events were approached by students and the director as a focal point requiring selfdiscipline and many hours of practice. Because of their hard work and determination, the band won top awards for its’ performances. “We were in the Hopewell parade every year,” Robert Maxwell said. “Back then we were the best and everyone knew it.” Not only was Mazza a teacher and a band director, he was also an inspiration to the students he worked with. “His position was not his job,” Johnny Mazza, son of John Mazza, said. “It was his passion.” Former band members, Mazza’s widow and his children have come together to provide information and contribute to the making of this exhibit. Just as Mazza had been devoted to the band, the members are devoted to making this possible. “He was always thinking of the band,” Bowman said. “He helped build

confidence, pride, and taught one to do the best you could.” Although being assertive and disciplined, Mazza was also friendly and tried to befriend all of his students. “He always signed his name ‘Your teacher and friend, John Mazza’,” Judy Hamby said. Countless hours have been spent pouring into the making and organization of this exhibit. Looking through scrapbooks and albums, and collecting artifacts and yearbooks is only a small portion of what was needed to create this exhibit. Center staff and volunteers have worked to paint and get the area ready. Although the memorabilia of the band is ready to open in June, additional items are still being added. The museum is especially looking for candid photographs from previous trips and performances of the band. Visiting the museum to see this exhibit is easy to do. There are no special requirements unless coming as a large group, in which calling ahead is recommended. There is also no admission fee for any of the Center’s exhibits. The exhibit is located in the 1883 Courthouse building at the county Government Office complex. The museum is open from 10 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday and from 1 PM to 4 PM Saturdays and Sundays. It will be presented until September 15th. “He was truly a remarkable educator,” Bowman said.


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Aluminum bats deem dangerous in baseball Metal baseball bats may be an advantage against wooden

By the numbers: Metal bats can last for a varied amount of time . On average, major league wooden bats last about 1 month.

Wayne Epps trn writer


batter steps up to the plate. The pitcher winds up and throws a pitch. The batter swings and his metal bat sends a quick line drive straight back towards the pitcher. Will the pitcher have time to react, or will the ball hit and possibly injure him? The common belief is that metal bats provide enhanced performance compared to their wooden counterparts because the ball comes off of metal bats faster than wooden ones. This possible performance advantage could be a danger to defensive players when a player using a metal bat is at the plate. Metal bats are widely used throughout high-school baseball. However, because of the possible danger, some want to ban metal bats and use only wooden ones. Recently, a high-school baseball player at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, California was seriously injured by a linedrive off of a metal bat that struck him in the head. Now, the players at his school are using wooden bats for the rest of the season according to In addition, a California Assemblyman named Jared Huffman wants to propose a three-year ban of metal bats in California high-school baseball according to www. So what do the baseball players themselves have to say about wooden bats? “Wooden bats are a little bit heavier and make it a little bit harder to hit the ball. It is definitely an advantage with the metal bats, the ball goes way further,” sophomore shortstop Zach Huber said. “The only thing that I don’t like about using a wooden bat is it doesn’t get a good enough pop to the ball. You have to swing harder with the wooden bat,” junior outfielder Chase Coalson said.

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Average cost of metal bats is around$300.

The varsity baseball team’s bats lined up in the dugout prior to the May 6 game against Meadowbrook. The Royals won 14-1. Photo by Wayne Epps. If high-school leagues had to switch to using only wooden bats, the change may cause some strong response from both sides. “I wouldn’t really be happy with it, because I don’t think using aluminum bats right now are that dangerous. I think wood bats would be a stretch for safety,” said junior second-baseman Michael King. “It would definitely be way safer, because wooden bats do not compare to the metal bats,” Huber said. The possibility of injury from line drive shots is real. If metal bats do cause the ball to shoot off of the bat faster, there could be a heightened severity of injuries if a player is struck by a line drive. “I have seen a pitcher get hit before in the knee, and it shattered his knee-cap,” senior outfielder Ben Kendall said. “My coach was hit in the head by a line drive; he was knocked unconscious,” junior second-baseman and pitcher Evan Montgomery said. Locally, there is a fall wooden bat league that has high participation from high-school baseball players. Even though metal bats may have better performance, players enjoy participating in it. “Just about everybody on the varsity

team plays wooden bat during the fall time. Everybody likes it,” Huber said. “I would recommend anybody that plays baseball to that league. It gets you better for the season, and it teaches you a lot about wood bats and how to use them,” Coalson said. The difference between high-school competition with mostly metal bats and wood bat league competition equates to less offense in the wood bat league. “The games are usually low scoring, because most people don’t hit as well with wood bats,” King said. “You’ll see a lot more of the small ball; is what it’s called in baseball when you have bunting and hitting-and-running and a lot of that stuff with wooden bats,” varsity baseball coach Mickey Roberts said. The question is up in the air as to whether wooden bats really are safer compared to metal bats. However, there will always be a risk of injury. “You don’t totally eliminate all of the injury factor there, but I think using wood, you eliminate a certain amount of it,” Roberts said.

Average cost of wooden bats is around $100. According to info from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, from 1994 to 2006, the yearly amount of baseball-related injuries to children under 18 decreased by 24.9%. Sources: • • http://www.baseballcoaches. org/issuewoodvsnonwood.pdf • http://www.nytimes. com/2009/06/09/health/09stat. html?_r=2 • • http://www.eastonbaseball. com/the-equipment/baseballbats/sr-league/aluminum/reflex8-5-2072.html

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ominating on the basketball and volleyball courts this Athlete of the Year is destined for greatness. On the road to success, Senior Jorden Lykes’ sportsmanship, leadership and personal records have all earned her the title of Athlete of the Year. Chosen among her peers and coaches, Lykes’ persistence and determination is sure to lead her to a flourishing life in sports.

1. What sports do you participate in? “I participate in basketball and volleyball.” 2. What are your responsibilities in these sports? “In volleyball, I am a middle-hitter and I play back row. In basketball I play down low, I play the ‘4’ [forward] and ‘5’ [center]; but mainly the four.” 3. What inspired you to start playing? “Basketball, I was kind of forced to play, my parents just signed me up to play when I was 4 or 5 to give me something to do; but it worked out for the best. At first basketball was just like a social thing. With volleyball, I was in the 10th grade and my best friend ‘Creshia [LaCreshia Page] played. It was in the summer, I was bored, so I just wanted to play.” 4. What motivates you to keep succeeding in your sport? “Over the years I kept getting better, so I just wanted to keep improving.” 5. Do you have any role models (professional or local)? Who? “I like LeBron James a lot because he is just a hard core player, the ‘It’ man. But, actually my dad is my role model because he played football and he was successful [in his sport]. He went to college for football, he was a quarterback at Youngstown State in Ohio.” 6. Which sport (that you participate in) is your favorite sport? “I like them both equally.” 7. What is your favorite aspect about that sport? “Well volleyball, my favorite aspect is that even though it is not a contact sport, it is still really physical and aggressive. You have to keep thinking and stay on your



toes. I like basketball because it is a physical sport and you can make contact with other people. And there is always technique and stuff to go about working on.” 8. Do you plan on playing at the college level? “I do, I signed to Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia [for basketball]. I will be playing down low, either the 3 or the 4. I have not started practicing with the team yet, but I have been individually.” 9. After college, do you hope to go professional in your sport? “No, I just plan on taking it step by step. At Davis and Elkins, I will probably major in business and minor in education.” 10. Do you feel you deserve this award why? “I feel I should receive this award because I worked hard and I was a good leader.” Coach’s Corner: Coach Billy Gray: “She played two sports and got honors in both. She is a great kid, we are going to miss her. Jorden will leave as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in school history for girls basketball.” Coach Wanda Gilbert: “I think she is more of a leader by doing, but she does step up and verbally lead when it is needed. The way she leads is like when she would get fired up on the volleyball court, everyone else would

get fired up. When she was intense, everyone else was intense. When she played at a high level, everyone else played at a higher level.”


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By Amir Vera and Alisha Holmes

Mitra Cook S

uccess is measured in many different ways. Senior Mitra Cook uses his inspiration and role models to maintain his achievements. In both football and track, Cook excels in numerous ways. Being the strong silent type has earned him respect and responsibilities and has earned him the title of Athlete of the Year. 1. What sports do you participate in? “I participate in football, indoor track, and outdoor track.” 2. What are your responsibilities in these sports? “My responsibility is to be a team player. This year in football, I played corner back and safety on defense, and on offense I played running back. In indoor track I run the 300m and 4x200m relay, for outdoors I run 4x100m relay, 200m, and the 100m.” 3. What inspired you to start playing? “My inspiration was my uncle, he told me to ‘use the gift I have and don’t sit on it’. And he always said ‘if you don’t use it you’ll lose it.’ I still talk to him day to day.” 4. What motivates you to keep succeeding in your sport? “My motivation is to just keep getting better and staying in shape.” 5. Do you have any role models (professional or local)? Who? “Well, Taylor Mayes, the safety at USC. He inspired me to be a better player, to come out, give it your all, and give it all you’ve got.” 6. Which sport (that you participate in) is your favorite sport? “Football because you get to take your anger out on somebody else, and you can legally hurt someone. There is no holding back, all the stuff you deal with everyday, and you can just let it out.” 7. What is your favorite aspect about that sport? “The adrenaline, that’s about the best. And the little sting you feel after a hit, when it’s over with, you want to go do it again, that’s about the best aspect.” 8. Do you plan on playing at the college level? “Yes, as of right now I am playing in Mississippi at a college called Holmes Community College for two years, then I plan on transferring somewhere in Virginia. As of right now I’m going to play defensive back, cornerback. I will be attending the

college by June 30 in order to enroll, classes start the first week of July, so I have to start training and lifting weights with the team. I am going to major in criminal justice, I plan on being on the S. W. A. T. team, secret service, private investigator, or something similar to that.” 9. After college, do you hope to go professional in your sport? “Yes, if I have the chance to go professional I will take the chance and work hard at it; but as far as academics, it’s just my plan to fall back on if sports don’t work out.” 10. Do you feel you deserve this award? Why? “Well, yes and no, because there are a lot of people out there who do as much as I do. They work hard everyday and give their all, but it just happened to be me this time, so I’m happy to accept this award.” The Coach’s Corner: Coach Hezakiah Butler: “Mitra was a leadby-example kind of guy. He did not always vocalize everything, but he was willing to get out there and do what he had to do, which is sometimes ten times better than actually ever saying anything.” Coach Bruce Caroll: “He got hurt the third game of the year. But the thing that stuck out in my mind was that he always did whatever he could to try and get back on the field. And even though the kid was injured for the remainder of the year, anytime he hit the field he was a complete difference maker.” Coach Daniel Hamlet: “I feel Mitra is a good athlete that worked hard his senior year to receive athlete of the year. Most athletes do not have the leadership ability and skill that he has, Mitra has led by example throughout his senior year through football and outdoor track. He is part of the males 4x100 team and the leader and the main stay on that team.”

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Injuries jeopardize athletes season Royal athletes sit out for remainder of season due to wounds


Autrey Jackson trn writer


tudent athletes of every sport miss part or all of their season due to injuries. Some are minor, while others are serious and need surgery and months of recovery. Common injuries such as sprains of the ankle can heal in just a few days, depending on how badly it is sprained. Knee injuries, such as a torn ACL or meniscus, can require an operation to repair or replacement of the ligament. After surgery, up to six months of recovery and rehabilitation is not out of the question. Broken bones can take a varying time to recuperate, from just a few weeks up to several months, before they are fully healed. One thing all three types have in common is the ability to end an athlete’s season in one single moment. “It’s hard not being able to finish the season and knowing I can’t help the team,” senior Scott Bristow said. Bristow is one of quite a few athletes that suffered an injury, not necessarily playing their sport, which put an end to their season. Nobody ever expects to get hurt, but it happens, and there are consequences every time. Some people bounce back in a short time, but if not, they are usually able to look forward and prepare for the next year’s season. On some occasions, such as Bristow’s, there is not another season to look forward to because it is the athlete’s senior year. Aside from playing college, sports careers can be ended in a situation such as this. Senior year is the last year for an athlete, and they find it especially hard when they are unable to play. No matter what grade, though, he or she still travels with the team and do what they can to help prepare for the game. When harm does come to someone during a game, he or she does not always realize the extent of the damage. Other times, the incident occurs and the player knows exactly what has happened. When

Life lessons in sports go beyond

Senior Scott Bristow looking at what could have been during his senior year of tennis. Bristow broke his right hand after a loss against Thomas Dale on Apr. 15. Photo by Autrey Jackson. injuries occur, they can hurt an athlete in more ways than just physically. “After it happened, I didn’t really care about anything and my grades dropped,” junior Cameron Thrift said. Thrift tore his ACL during football season. In the moments after an accident, what has taken place in his or her body is made clear to the competitor. “The first thing I thought when it happened was ‘oh shoot, I just broke my hand’,” Bristow said. Often times, the person will shake it off as something minor and come to the conclusion later that something is severely afflicted. “I thought I just hyper-extended it, maybe, because I walked off the field,” Thrift said. Generally, healing players will still be a part of the team, but it is not the same as being out there competing. “I still go to practice and games, but it is

hard to watch and not be able to play,” junior Aidan O’Hare said. O’Hare tore a ligament in her ankle back in October 2009. Being on the disabled list is difficult for athletes in their final year. Some have even been injured during a previous season. “It’s a lot worse because I’ve been hurt somehow every year and this year hurt me the most,” Bristow said. After an injury, players that can return focus on what they need to do be in prime shape when the new season rolls around. They work on making their knee or foot stronger after having surgery to repair it. They wait for their bones to mend and want to be sure they cannot be hurt the same way again. However, they take this new understanding of how no one is invincible and apply it to the rest of their lives. “Think of it as a learning experience. You could have all the talent in the world and it can be taken in one play,” Thrift said.

nstead of writing my last column about how this is the end, stating how I will miss being a Royal, and how I will miss writing, I’m going to fill you readers into something that recently happened to me that actually Amir Vera made me think about the rest of my life. It was after track practice had ended, the team received its running assignments for the upcoming meet, and then there was mass chaos. People, as usual, were complaining about how they wanted to run this and that and what not. In other words, they wanted to run what they thought was best for them. As the chaos ensued, sprint coach Daniel Hamlet took all of the sprinters into the locker room and said that they needed to get whatever they had on their minds out because this would be the last time he wanted to hear any complaining at all. He listened, or at least tried to. He heard many runners complaining about the head coach, how they should be running this and not that, and how they think practice should be run. As a coach, he understood that the team would not always agree with the policies set forth by the head coach. With an understanding tone he began his response with “I cannot vouch for the other coaches,” and continued on with his inspirational speech. He would go on to agree with some responses, but defending his fellow coaches by stating that they put people where they thought would gain the team points. His speech then went into how if they could not deal with these simple issues at the high school level, there was NO WAY that they would make it at the college level, or even in life. I believe coach Hamlet’s response to the many complaints was very influential on a lot of runners, especially the seniors on the team, or at least me. It made me think of the many life lessons I have learned through playing sports: how to follow directions, be fair to others, never give up, and most importantly, patience. So, as I complete my last column and athletic season as a Royal I look to the future, grateful for the many things I have learned through all of my coaches, from recreation league to varsity.



After a very intense game with 9 innings, girls varsity softball lost to Thomas Dale Tues. May. 11, 1-0.

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Boys varsity baseball hosts Hopewell Tues. May 18 for the last home game of the season.

Metal bats pose possible safety concern to opposing players

Varsity baseball’s line up of bats during the game against Meadowbrook May 6. Most of the bats used are metal. Photo by Wayne Epps.

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